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Category Archives: Celebrations
As I was preparing my blog post about celebrating Thanksgiving for just me, I realized it’s important to review what worked for Halloween so I can make any necessary adjustments. I actually had a lot of fun even on Halloween though I didn’t spend it with my kiddos. Not everything turned out like I had planned but it was still okay.
- I ruined my costume when I tried to clean it.
- My mummy pizzas weren’t as much of a hit at the work potluck, but my kids enjoyed the leftovers.
- The pumpkin contest was a flop with only two entries. Mine is non-traditional enough that I left it up as a fall decoration.
But several things were really good.
- My boyfriend and I spent the afternoon decorating the driveway for the trick-or-treaters. Including a ginormous chalk jack-o-lantern drawn on the driveway.
- We played several rounds of Trivia Crack in between the waves of crowds.
- All but one kiddo played along with our giant bean bag toss. We asked them if they wanted to toss the bean bag for a chance to win bonus candy or prizes. If the bean bag landed in the nose, mouth or eyes they got extra candy. If they landed on the eye brows, they got a banana. We gave away 2 bananas. If the bean bag landed on one of the pumpkin’s eye balls, they got a pineapple. We still had the pineapple at the end of the night.
Our activities kept me busy and interacting with the kids, but it brightened the night of those who stopped by my house. I loved watching the change in their faces from trudging down the street robotically saying “Trick of Treat” to their eyes lighting up for something different. Some of the teenagers were the most fun, they wanted the rules repeated for clarity and focused intently on their tosses. The celebration when one of them won a banana was impressive.
Overall Halloween was a success. I enjoyed my activities and interactions with my neighbors. It’s good to have a baseline game plan for next year.
With October 2015 in the books, the holiday season is officially here. But before I get carried away with the festivities, let’s see how life went last month.
.4 – Pounds gained. While I was close to holding steady, I didn’t quite make it
5 – Beanbags made to play games with the Halloween trick-or-treaters
16 – Projects completed, including finally getting my carpets cleaned
28 – Bagel Mummy Pizzas for my work Halloween potluck
33 – Photos added to Instagram in October
142 – Words added to my book
439 – Just Wanna Be Me pageviews
93,513 – Pinterest views
Top Just Wanna Be Me Posts for October
September 2015 was the hardest and saddest month I’ve had in a long time! I knew I’d have a hard time with my daughter going to college but it was still more than I bargained for with the empty house. In addition to the time alone, I’m trying to learn what brings me peace now that I don’t spend so much of my life taking care of my children. But that is another post for a future date. On a more cheerful note, here’s a review of last month’s accomplishments from September.
.2 – Pounds gained, it’s a good thing I started working out the last couple of weeks
1 – Birthday card made, I haven’t done that in a while
2.5 – Hours cruising Canyon Lake with my honey
10 – Mini signs on the bicycle wheel on my wall
16 – Pictures on Instagram
18 – Projects finished in September
32 – Construction paper spiders on my kitchen wall to celebrate Halloween
$100 – Gift card to Kneaders that I won!
445 – Just Wanna Be Me pageviews
49,987 – Pinterest views